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Letters to the Editor for Monday, March 4

first_imgProtect women from ravages of warI’m writing in response to the editorial by The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Military draft should include women,” which appeared in the Feb. 27 Gazette.Because some women have chosen the military and are able to fight does not mean that all women should be eligible for the draft, required to register, and, if necessary, be forced to choose between entering the military or going to jail.That may be tantamount to increasing rape.We should generally try to protect women and children from war; children for obvious reasons and women because they can become pregnant.Bruce CampbellBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 I guess I’m a blind Trump supporter. According to Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, President Trump makes up facts and his supporters just blindly go along.Here are some hard facts for Mr. Wouk. Obama told us 1.5 percent growth of the GDP is the new norm. President Trump has given us 3-plus-percent growth. President Trump lowered our taxes; Obama raised them. Obama gave billions of dollars to the world’s largest exporter of terrorism. President Trump is squeezing North Korea to straighten out.Obama was ashamed of the United States. President Trump loves this country.Obama was the president of: immigrants living here illegally, homosexuals, unions and a variety of other voting blocs. President Trump is every man’s president. His economic policies are benefiting whites, blacks and Hispanics.There is a lot to be proud of this president for. Good reasons to be a Trump supporter Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy do blacks vote for the Democrats?I’m now 76 years old. When I was a youngster, during the late 40’s and all of the 50’s and 60’s, the Southern states were considered solidly Democratic. They were also racially intolerant. African-Americans had to use separate restrooms, water fountains, and diners, among other forms of discrimination. No black athletes were allowed to play on any team because they weren’t allowed to enroll in any white high school or college in the South.Fortunately, the civil rights movement led brilliantly by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began to change racial perceptions, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed by Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson, it was a bill that would not have passed had it not been for the overwhelming support of the Republicans in Congress. Some Democrats even threatened to leave the party if the bill passed. What I don’t understand is why so many black Americans support the Democratic Party.Richard W. ColyerSchoharie I will take President Trump over the last failure any day.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonlast_img read more

Spain region orders lockdown as global infections gather pace

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Catalonia residents were ordered back into lockdown on Sunday as coronavirus cases spiked in the Spanish region and new figures showed infections accelerating in many other parts of the world.Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been reported, a record level since the first outbreak of the disease in China last year, according to an AFP tally.In just a month-and-a-half the number of cases worldwide has doubled, according to the count based on official figures. The government of Catalonia region told residents in and around the northeastern town of Lerida to go back into home confinement.”The people must stay at home,” regional health official Alba Verges said.The area, with a population of more than 200,000, had already been ordered isolated from the rest of the region last weekend.It marks the first time that Spaniards have been kept in their homes since the hard-hit country exited confinement on June 21. ‘Never been against masks’ US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, wore a face mask in public for the first time, apparently dropping his resistance to the protective item.He opted for a dark mask bearing the presidential seal during a visit Saturday to wounded veterans in a hospital outside Washington .”I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he told reporters.Surveys show most Americans are unhappy with how Trump, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in opinion polls ahead of the November election, has handled the public health crisis.The US posted yet another daily record of confirmed cases Saturday with more than 66,500 new infections, while the death toll rose by almost 800 to nearly 135,000. ‘Everything’s dead’ Despite Sunday’s lockdown move in Spain, life in parts of Europe has been returning to some semblance of normality, although the continent remains the worst affected with more than 202,000 deaths from 2.8 million cases.Elections were held in Spain and Poland Sunday after being postponed because of the virus, with strict hygiene measures in place.But the tourism industry across Europe has been battered, with many businesses forced to shut because of the impact of punishing lockdowns.”Everything’s dead,” said Jesus Maldonado, owner of the Santos Bar just across from the Mesquite, the mosque-cathedral in the Spanish city of Cordoba.In neighboring France, where reopened bars and restaurants are bustling in the summer heat, officials have warned of rising cases as the death toll topped 30,000. Mickey masks In hard-hit Florida the Walt Disney World theme park partially reopened after four months of shutdown, with some visitors combining Mickey ears with their mandatory face masks.Across the planet, the pandemic has infected nearly 13 million people, killed over 565,000 and triggered massive economic damage in the seven months since it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.The latest-high profile personality to test positive for COVID-19 is Bollywood superstar and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is the third-worst infected in the world after the United States and Brazil where President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive last week. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday called on countries to adopt an aggressive approach to tackling the virus, citing successful efforts in Italy, South Korea and elsewhere. ‘Truly tragic’ The French government said it plans to introduce systematic testing at airports for visitors from so-called category “red” countries where COVID-19 is still prevalent.In Paris, demonstrating nightclub workers demanded a re-opening of their venues, arguing that strictly-controlled club visits would be safer than unregulated beach parties.Across the border in Germany, Berlin offered financial help for the city’s famous nightclubs, which have remained shut for four months. In Iran, the supreme leader said the situation was “truly tragic” and urged all citizens to help stem what has been the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak.”Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.  Topics :last_img read more

Mandate roundup: FRR, National LGPS Frameworks, IPE Quest

first_imgIn the event of any underlying fund’s being invested outside France, the manager of an FRR fund will, for example, have to negotiate a clause with the underlying fund to excuse the FRR fund, according to the tender documents.The underlying investee funds could be regional or national funds investing in very small to medium-sized companies seeking capital investment for different development purposes (risk capital, development capital and transfer capital).However, FRR has ruled out participation in turnaround and “hostile” financing operations.Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) will be the depositary of the FRR funds.The deadline for applications is noon (CET) on 29 July.Elsewhere, Norfolk County Council, which has been overseeing the National LGPS Frameworks, has put out to tender a multi-provider framework agreement for stewardship advisory services.It is seeking bids for five types of services: voting, engagement, voting and engagement, stewardship research and data services, and “stewardship-related project services”.The latter includes advising on “issues such as fossil fuel investment, human capital management, etc.” and providing advice on “preparing stewardship due-diligence tools for specific asset classes, e.g. real estate, forestry, etc.”.The voting and engagement services being sought include supporting clients in relation to meeting stewardship best practice, such as that set out in the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the UK Stewardship Code.Providers can bid for any or all of the mandates, which the council has valued at between £4m (€5m) and £10m, depending on the take-up of the framework.As a National Framework, it can be used by any of the local government pension schemes (LGPS), the asset pools they are in the process of forming to meet government demands, and other public pension funds such as the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).  The framework agreement is for four years, with “call-offs” up to seven years.In other news, a Benelux institutional investor has tendered a global high-yield bond mandate via IPE Quest.The size of the mandate has not yet been decided.According to search QN-2201, the procurement process is not for an immediate investment need, and the client is undecided whether it will fund the mandate.The mandate is for a core investment style, using “enhanced and active” processes.While the maximum level of tracking error will be 5%, the benchmark has yet to be decided.Interested parties should have at least €2bn in high-yield bonds under management, and €3bn of total assets under management.Investment managers should have a track record of at least five years, although 10 is preferred.They should submit performance, gross of fees, to the end of May 2016 by the close of business on 6 July. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to FRR tender documents (in French) France’s €36.3bn national reserve fund, the Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR), has taken a further step in the implementation of a new allocation to illiquid assets, having put out to tender up to €400m in mandates for domestic private equity investment.The reserve fund has already launched a €600m private debt tender and recently secured a rule change to allow it to invest more in investment funds, which it will use to meet its targeted allocations to infrastructure and property.Last week, it launched a procurement process for indirect capital investment in unlisted French companies.It is looking to award up to four mandates for investment managers to establish and manage funds for FRR that are to invest exclusively in investment funds whose objective must be to invest at least 80% of their assets in unlisted French companies’ equity capital.last_img read more

Bulldogs Take Care Of Business Against Lions

first_imgBatesville faced off in their first conference game of the season against Rushville with a 6-0 win.The first goal came @ 8.41 when Calvin Sherwood played a through ball to Ripperger who had a left footed one touch shot right outside of the keepers reach. The first half went holding the lead by a single goal. The Bulldogs worked on finding possession and began to take control of the game. Second half opened with energy and focus from the home team. @33.43 Johnathan Lynch played a ball up to Ripperger who turned and ripped a quick shot for the second goal. @29.10 Daniel crossed the ball in from the wing and Ripperger took a shot and it was deflected from a defender, then the loose ball was kicked into the goal by Johnathan Lynch. @28.15 Johnathan Lynch played a low cross and Ripperger finished to the near post. @20.40 Ian Powers took a corner kick and Dominic Butz attacked the ball out of the air for a driven header into the net. @16.20 Zach Harmeyer dribbled the ball from his own defense all the way through the opposing side and scored.The Bulldogs finished the game 6-0 dominating possession on the field, winning their conference match. Next game is Saturday vs Franklin County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Ford says surgery was performed a few weeks after San Francisco lost the Super Bowl and that he feels in much better condition heading into his second year with the Niners. Ford’s availability was severely limited as he dealt with a knee injury initially suffered during training camp last summer.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-CHALUPABlackhawks sign Czech forwardCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season in the Czech Republic League, collecting seven goals and 17 assists in 50 games. COLLEGE HOCKEY-ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE NEW YORK (AP) — Major league teams have released hundreds of young players with the minor league season in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.Transactions posted at MLB.com say over 200 players were cut Friday and more than 400 have been released over the past month.The start of the minor league season was postponed in March and players were mostly sent home from spring training. While Major League Baseball and the players’ association are negotiating terms to play big league ball this summer, it’s unlikely there will be minor league games.Minor league players not on 40-man rosters were promised $400 per week through May 31 by a policy drafted by MLB.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MASSACHUSETTS — Liverpool might not get a chance to win the English Premier League at Anfield. Police have included the leader’s key games among at least five it wants at neutral venues in a bid to prevent fans from gathering outside when the competition resumes next month. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hopes authorities will allow them to play at home as planned, with supporters adhering to advice while they are prevented from attending games due to COVID-19 restrictions.— Leicester (LEHS’-tur) manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro. Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.— Dominic Thiem (teem), Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) and Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.— Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums. The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBANo agreement yet on resumption of NBA seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors continues to ponder various scenarios as they prepare to resume a season still on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. NCAA has plan for bringing athletes backUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus during the pandemic.The move comes as schools across the country prepare for the return of athletes as early as June 8.The NCAA last week lifted a moratorium on athletic activities starting Monday. That cleared the way for voluntary workouts and training to begin at team facilities.Schools have already started putting plans in place to test athletes, coaches and staff for the coronavirus and implement social distancing. Associated Press May 29, 2020 The NCAA says its plan is offered as guidance, consistent with federal and local public health guidelines.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus:— Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans. The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.— The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the team’s employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization made the moves on Friday. Remaining staff will take pay cuts that average less than 15%, with the team’s highest earners losing a bigger percentage of their income.— UEFA (yoo-AY’-fuh) is planning to pull the Champions League final from Istanbul and is considering other locations as planning and scheduling are shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic. The UEFA executive committee will meet on June 17 to examine the findings of a working group that has been assessing how to complete competitions that are likely to finish without any fans in stadiums. UEFA is aiming to complete its elite club competition in August after the delayed domestic leagues of the remaining sides have managed to conclude. Donors revive UAH hockey programHUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama-Huntsville’s hockey program will continue for another year.Athletic director Cade Smith says “numerous individual donors” had combined to raise more than $500,000 this week to help save the program from the chopping block. UAH had announced the elimination of hockey and men’s and women’s tennis amid the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic.Two other gifts of $125,000 each from longtime supporters provided enough money to allow the Chargers to continue competing at the Division I level for the 2020-21 season.The $750,000 marks the largest athletic campaign contribution in UAH history. — The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.— Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.COLLEGE SPORTS-ATHLETE COMPENSATIONPower Five conferences asking Congress for help with compensation guidelinesUNDATED (AP) — The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. Governor says Massachusetts sports teams can resume practice next weekUNDATED (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Three people familiar with Friday’s meeting have told The Associated Press that the board hasn’t developed a consensus opinion on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption. The people say Commissioner Adam Silver is still collecting information on multiple options ranging from 16 to all 30 teams returning to action when the season begins again near Orlando, Florida.One person said 20 of more teams would be brought back to finish the season near Orlando, while a second person said the league would bring back any team within six games of a playoff berth.The league suspended play following the conclusion of its March 11 games.MLB-MINOR LEAGUE CUTSHundreds of minor leaguers cut Those commissioners sent a letter to congressional leaders encouraging them to not wait for the NCAA process to play out before passing a national law that would set parameters for college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses.The NCAA hopes to have legislative proposals crafted by November and ready to be voted on in January.NFL-49ERS-FORDFord says he’s better after surgeryUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Dee Ford says he had an “extensive cleanup” operation for the tendinitis in his left knee that limited his effectiveness last year. FEDERER-TOP EARNING ATHLETEFederer tops highest-earning athlete list at more than $100MUNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990.Federer made $6.3 million of that haul from tennis prize money, with the other $100 million from endorsements and appearances fees.Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are in spots 2, 3 and 4, followed by the NBA’s LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Tiger Woods is at No. 8 and NFL players Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz complete the top 10.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

ITTF Set to Honour Toriola Friday

first_imgFor his exploits in the continent as well as being the first African in any sport to compete in seven Olympic Games, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will on Friday August 12 at the Riocentro Pavilion 3 in Rio.According to ITTF Promotion and Media Manager, Matthew Pound, Toriola will be joined in the celebration by three other table tennis stars that have competed in seven Olympic Games – Croatia’s Zoran Primorac, Sweden’s Jörgen Persson and Belgium’s Jean-Michel Saive.Unlike Toriola who made his debut at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, while the European trio debuted at the 1988 Moscow Olympic Games when table tennis became a medal hauling event at the Olympic Games. The ITTF spokesman also confirmed that the President of ITTF, Thomas Weikert will make a presentation to Toriola while they will have a photo session with top officials of the world table tennis ruling body as well as some top players.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had earlier described Toriola as Africa’s most successful table tennis player of all-time as the most decorated table tennis star; Toriola has won 14 gold medals at the African Games from 1995 to 2015; two gold medals at Commonwealth Games as well as eight gold medals at the African Championships.For 10 years (1998 to 2008), Toriola is ranked number one in Africa, and he is renowned for his unusual style of forehand play, which makes him an awkward opponent for many opponents. Despite lacking good footwork, he has an excellent topspin, which has allowed him to pull off many upsets with top world players.At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he made his seventh appearance at the games, he caused an upset in his first round tie against Czech Republic’s Dmitrij Prokopcov. Toriola was ranked 120 in the world while Czech is rated 79 but the former African champion prevailed over the European 4-2 to advance to the second round where he was defeated 4-2 by world’s number 22, Japan’s Niwa Koki.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

People’s National Party divided?

first_imgAntoinette Jackson is a Jamaican who now lives in South Florida. She makes no bones about being a die-hard supporter of the People’s National Party (PNP) in her homeland.Angela Brown is PNP repOn Sunday evening as news broke that former Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke had defeated Audrey Smith Facey as the PNP candidate to represent the residents of St Andrew South Western she let out a long guttural sigh. Jackson was clearly disappointed.The political zone was once controlled by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. She ruled unchallenged for over four decades. Simpson Miller has since left representational politics and last week endorsed Brown Burke.Portia turn her back on Audrey “This is not good for the party. It is not right. Audrey Smith Facey has been working as a counselor in that constituency for over 10 years. She was born there, and regarded as the natural successor to Portia. I can’t believe Portia and the PNP brass turn their back on Audrey and bring in one of their friends. What message are they sending to people who want to serve?” Jackson said ruefully.News emerging out of Jamaica was most of the constituents were in favor of the hometown girl. The constituency delegates – who cast votes to elect the party’s political representative – voted out of blind loyalty to Simpson Miller.Jackson has maintained her dual citizenship status which allows her to vote in Jamaica’s general elections. She says she’s unsure if that will ever happen again.“Things like that is a big turnoff. There should be renewal in the party but instead it is the old guard who is still in control. I do not think I am going to vote in an election again because I cannot vote for the JLP,” she said.Following Sunday’s vote, Brown Burke tallied 595 votes to Smith Facey’s 502.last_img read more

Angels Offseason Options: Anonymous relievers galore

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img BEN TAYLOR, RHP, Cleveland IndiansTaylor, who will be 26 next season, has 26 strikeouts in 23-1/3 major-league innings over the past two years with the Red Sox and Indians. He has a 2.83 ERA in four minor-league seasons, with 10.2 strikeouts and 2.3 walks per nine innings. He throws 94 mph. Taylor is on the Indians’ 40-man roster, and he has one year of options remaining.STEPHEN TARPLEY, LHP, New York YankeesTarpley, who will be 26 next season, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2013 draft. He had pitched at USC before enrolling at Scottsdale Community College. Tarpley struck out 13 in his first nine big-league innings, this season. In his minor-league career, he’s logged a 2.92 ERA, with 8.5 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings. He is on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, and he still will have all three of his option years left. Normally, this is the type of pitcher teams like to keep around for inventory, but the Yankees have plenty of resources, so they would barely miss a pitcher who isn’t among their top 30 prospects.JOSÉ RUIZ, RHP, Chicago White SoxRuiz, 24, was a catcher up until 2017, when the Padres moved him to the mound. They then placed him on waivers and the White Sox picked him up. Ruiz throws 96-97 mph. He’s pitched just 5-1/3 innings in the majors, with seven strikeouts. Despite still being relatively new to pitching, he has a career minor-league ERA of 3.95, with 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Ruiz is on Chicago’s 40-man roster, but perhaps they’d be interested in using his spot for someone else, since they have one of the top farm systems in baseball.Previous players: C J.T. Realmuto, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Patrick Corbin, LHP CC Sabathia, UT Daniel Descalso, RHP Julio Teheran, LHP Gio Gonzalez, UT Marwin Gonzalez, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP Will Smith, 3B Mike Moustakas, OF Jon Jay, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Kyle Gibson.Related Articles (This is the final in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. They are purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. Eppler’s actions in the past have made it clear that he believes relief pitchers can be uncovered without giving up much. So, for this entry, we are going to look at a few relievers who fit the mold for Eppler to attempt to acquire.)BRAD WIECK, LHP, San Diego PadresWieck, 27, struck out 12 in his seven big-league innings, along with 12.3 strikeouts and 3.7 walks per nine innings in five minor-league seasons, with a 2.99 ERA. Wieck throws about 92 mph, so he doesn’t get much attention as a prospect. In the Padres’ loaded farm system, he’s not even in the top 30. He is, however, currently occupying a 40-man roster spot, so the Padres might want to make room for their better prospects by moving him.DILLON MAPLES, RHP, Chicago CubsMaples, who will be 27 next season, has pitched 10-2/3 major-league innings over the past two seasons, with a 10.97 ERA. He does have 20 strikeouts in that time, though. He’s averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings over his entire minor-league career. One of his issues is he walks too many hitters: 6.1 per nine innings in the minors. He throws 97-98 mph. Maples is currently on the Cubs’ 40-man roster, but he doesn’t project to be part of their major-league bullpen. He has options for the next two years.JACOB WEBB, RHP, Atlanta BravesWebb, 25, is a product of Riverside Poly High. He’s never appeared in the majors, but last season, between the Braves’ Double-A and Triple-A teams, he had a 3.15 ERA and 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings. In his minor-league career, he has a 2.65 ERA with 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Webb is not on the 40-man roster, but this year he is due to be added, or else he’d be subject to the Rule 5 draft. The Braves have a loaded system, so they might not have room for him on their 40-man roster. The Angels could try to swing a trade for him before the 40-man rosters are set later this month. That would be better than picking him in the Rule 5 draft, because then the Angels could option him. The Angels certainly have more room on their 40-man roster than the Braves for a pitcher like this. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Inside the Lakers Blog: Steve Nash confirms this will be his last NBA season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As he has labored tirelessly through back pain for the last two years, Steve Nash all but confirmed the obvious when looking ahead on what the last year of his $9.7 million with the Lakers will mean for his NBA future.“I think this is my last season,” said the 40-year-old Nash in a video posted by Sport TV. But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It’ll be nice to play one more year.”See more on the Inside the Lakers blog.last_img read more

Travelers Championship: Chez Reavie in control after Moving Day

first_imgHe could have gone even lower but a bogey on the par-5 sixth hole added a stroke to his round, which was highlighted by eight birdies.Chez Reavie with his EIGHTH birdie of the day. 🤯He enters Sunday with a six-shot lead @TravelersChamp.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/jqRIGbi8gl— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 22, 2019Reavie’s putting has been one of the keys to his climb. He is 46 of 48 on putts inside 10 feet at TPC River Highlands. He used one of those putts to record his second to last birdie Saturday. Related News Bubba Watson, the 2018 Travelers champion, is far from a repeat as he carded his only round over par so far this week.Watson finished the day 3-over 73 to fall into a tie for 51st place (2 under). Travelers Championship: 6 golfers tied for 1st; Paul Casey one back in tie for 7th Lee Westwood responds to spectator’s ringing phone with simple tutorial Travelers Championship: Zack Sucher has 2-stroke lead over field after Round 2 Chez Reavie is 46/48 inside of 10 feet this week @TravelersChamp.He leads at -15.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/ZztLwT6HpM— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 22, 2019Reavie is searching for his first win since 2008 when he won the RBC Canadian Open by three strokes.While he has a comfortable lead, he’ll have to watch out for Keegan Bradley and Zack Sucher, who are both tied for second place (10 under). Roberto Díaz and Jason Day also moved up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth place (9 under) to remain in contention.Bryson DeChambeau and Tommy Fleetwood join a four-way tie for sixth (8 under) and a sizable group follows to round out the top 10 including Patrick Cantlay and Kevin Streelman. The top of the leaderboard has featured many different names since the start of the Travelers Championship on Thursday. But now, after Moving Day, there’s a new golfer in control.Chez Reavie used the low round of the day, 7-under 63, to jump into first place (16 under). He holds a whopping six-stroke lead over the rest of the field heading into the final round.last_img read more